Local area

An alpine paradise - not just for cycling!

Picturesque villages, world class mountain biking & white water rafting, endless hiking trails, historic towns and ancient ruins

Alpine Velo’s cycling holidays are based in the Tarentaise, a beautiful mountainous region right in the heart of Savoie Mont Blanc in the French Alps, and a mecca for outdoor sports enthusiasts. The local area offers an exceptional natural environment for cycling, walking, skiing and all kinds of mountain sports.

Our bike chalet is in the same range as the incredibly beautiful Vanoise National Park, a protected high mountain landscape home to ibex, chamois, marmots and, rumour has it, a few brave Italian wolves. You can ride there and back from the door. Opposite the chalet is the Beaufortain mountain range, with its beautiful gorges, pastures and villages. Wherever you go, there are breath-taking views, often with Mont Blanc in the background.


If you need some recovery time or want to try other alpine activities, there’s lots to see and do nearby. Pop along the riverside cycle path to the local swimming lake for lunch and a snooze in the sun, try high-adrenaline hydrospeed or white water rafting at H20’s specialist watersports centre, hike in the Vanoise National Park, paraglide from the mountain tops of Les Arcs back down to the valley floor, go mountain biking on the fabulous back country trails, or try Via Ferrata and rock climbing.

We can advise on things to do and organize activities for you (and your non-cycling family or friends), including minibus transfers, lift passes, guides and equipment hire if needed.


Fed up with the wild mountain landscapes and fancy an urban fix instead? Take a trip to one of the region’s old towns and cities for lunch and a good browse.

Visit Grenoble for its museums and galleries, or go to Annecy, the “Venice of the Alps” – so named for its canals, medieval arcades, cute cafes and beautiful lake. Chambery has an Italian feel, with grand arcades, rose-coloured facades and shuttered windows. Or there’s the medieval quarter in Albertville, perched on a hill above the new town.

You can reach some by bike, take the train (there’s a station in Aime just 6 km from the chalet), or drive. We can take you in our van on a day trip too for an extra charge.